As Twig noted, when she alerted me to this news item, I don’t know a lot about anime, but I am keen enough to know that Wolfgang Peterson (Troy, Poseidon) is not the guy you want touching a revered anime movie. Peterson was apparently blown away when he saw 2006’s Satoshi Kon-directed Paprika and arrogant enough to believe that 1) it warranted an American remake, and 2) he was the right guy to do it.
Wolfgang Peterson is not the right guy to do anything short of ordering a stack of waffles at Denny’s, though I’m not sure I’d even trust him with that task, after the disaster that was Troy.
Peterson has apparently tapped a “young writer” (yeah, I bet he has) with a “specific and detailed treatment,” which opens Paprika “up a little bit more so it’s more accessible for a wide audience, but it comes a little bit sort of Matrix. Not like Matrix but sort of the size of it all, the scope of it all. So that it becomes more of a film for a mainstream audience.”
Any time a director says “for a mainstream audience,” what he means is: more fart jokes. I don’t know ass about this movie, but I trust Twig’s opinion on this matter, and of the remake she had this to say: “[Satoshi Kon’s] best movie is his second, not Paprika, but hearing the words “more accessible” coming from the jackass that fumbled his way through Troy, the first and only movie I ever walked out of, it’s like finding out Michael Bay has been tapped to remake The Birds because of his “unique vision” (Oh, wait…).